Tuesday, December 30, 2008

After years of slurring the Haditha Marines, a McClatchy newspaper runs story showing criminal cases against the Marines have fallen apart

Few things about McClatchy's Iraq war coverage are as revolting as the slurs against the Haditha Marines perpetrated again and again by McClatchy's war coverage.

McClatchy reporter Nancy Youssef appeared on left-wing radio in May, 2006 with 2 left-wingers who implied US Marines killed Iraqi women, children and other civilians at Haditha. (Transcript here.) In June, 2008, bureau chief Leila Fadel went on left-wing radio and implied the Marines committed war crimes. (Transcript here.) So Youssef and Fadel both participated in whipping up hysteria against the Marines and all but called them cold blooded killers.

Talk about rush to judgment.

Monday, the Tacoma News Tribune published a piece -- unfortunately it's an AP story, not a McClatchy story, but I'll take it -- reporting the criminal cases against the Marines have essentially fallen apart.
Eight Marines were charged Dec. 21, 2006, with crimes related to the deaths of 24 Iraqi men, women and children during a bloody, door-to-door sweep in the town of Haditha. It’s the biggest criminal case against U.S. troops involving Iraqi deaths to come out of the war.

Charges have been dismissed against six defendants, and a seventh was acquitted. The sole remaining defendant is the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, whose court-martial isn’t yet scheduled. Prosecutors hope to retry Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, who was the battalion commander at the time.

I say Leila Fadel and Nancy Youssef need to travel to Camp Pendleton and make a public apology to the Marine Corps, to the accused, and to their families.

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Anonymous said...

They claim there was no agenda. I believe them and this is where the real tragedy is. They are so blinded by their own biases that they don't even realize what they are doing.

They need some real diversity of opinions and views in these newsrooms and editorial boards.

Anonymous said...

Why, you're right! The failure to successfully prosecute a difficult case in wartime proves it: There was no crime!

I'm sure those 24 people will be jumping back to life any second now; you know how quickly kids get over things.